No­rah Jones turns rock diva

The jazzy folk singer sur­prises fans by hir­ing in­die-rock pro­ducer Jac­quire King to shape her fourth al­bum

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would be de­sired for the sit­u­a­tion, from my im­pres­sion of her,” said King.

That “im­pres­sion” is likely the same shared by the masses, who are best fa­mil­iar with Jones from her Grammy-winning, 10-time platinum de­but CD, Come Away with Me, where the in­genue sang folky, jazz-tinged tunes more in line with the easy-lis­ten­ing for­mat.

But over the years, Jones has col­lab­o­rated with rap­pers, sung with coun­try leg­ends, per­formed in an all-girl rock band and even pro­duced a coun­try al­bum.

So it wasn’t out of char­ac­ter for her to call on King to help her achieve her big­gest sonic shift on her fourth stu­dio CD, The Fall. On it, she ditches pi­ano chords for gritty gui­tar riffs and de­liv­ers a darker, groove-based sound that King de­scribes as “edgy” – a term not nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with the typ­i­cally placid Jones style.

“It’s just hon­est mu­sic, and I think with a dif­fer­ent ap­proach that may be in some ways more ac­ces­si­ble to fans that weren’t nec­es­sar­ily drawn in by the jazz­ier flavour,” says King. “It’s a bit more rock­ing.”

And that’s ex­actly the kind of shake-up Jones was looking to ac­com­plish with her songs.

“I did some demos and they came out re­ally well, but some of them sort of begged to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion,” says the 30-year-old as she sits over tea at a cafe on New York’s Lower East Side.

“I re­alised, I think, what I want to do is work with some dif­fer­ent sounds,” she ex­plained. “I fig­ured that the best way to do that was to try and step out­side of my com­fort zone a lit­tle bit, and work with some dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians and a dif­fer­ent pro­ducer. It just felt like a good time to do that.” – Sapa-AP

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